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June 2016 Archives

California Bar Exam to be cut down to two days

The California Bar Exam is infamously known by those who have suffered through it as a three-day-long marathon that most recently in February 2016 saw a passage rate of just 45% for first-time takers. A common consensus throughout the legal community is that the California Bar Exam is one of the most, if not the most, difficult bar exam in the country. However, big changes are looming on the horizon - as of July 2017, the exam will be cut down to two days.

Margo Bronstein sentenced to three years and four months

Margo Bronstein, the driver who infamously drove her car into a crowd of people outside a Christmas concert and left four dead in Redondo Beach, was sentenced to three years and four months in custody last week. Bronstein was convicted of four counts of gross vehicular manslaughter, and received credit for 1,105 days in custody.

Suspected drunk driver initiates fatal crash on I405

Three men died early Friday morning after a three-vehicle crash on the 405 freeway in Carson. The crash was initiated by a suspected drunken driver around 1 a.m. in the northbound lanes of the 405 at Wilmington Avenue. The freeway was shut down until early morning when workers cleared the wreckage.

"Stanford Rapist", Brock Turner's sentence sparks outrage

Outrage spread earlier this week over a California judge's six-month jail sentence for Brock Turner, who is quickly becoming infamously known as "The Stanford Rapist." Turner was convicted in March of intent to commit rape of an intoxicated person, penetration of an intoxicated person, and penetration of an intoxicated person. Numerous critics have denounced the sentence as overly lenient, including California Attorney General Kamala Harris, who questioned whether the facts presented in the case warranted mitigating a maximum 14-year sentence down to six months.

Heat wave causes excessive heat warnings to be issued

A heat wave that spread across Southern California is expected to continue until Tuesday, June 21. The local heat is part of high temperatures hitting many areas across the United States in the Southwest and Plains areas, including Phoenix, Las Vegas, Tucson, and parts of Kansas and Oklahoma. The National Weather Service has issued widespread excessive heat warnings and suggested the affected areas to cancel all outdoor activities until Tuesday.

Christina Grimmie fatally shot after a performance at a Florida concert

22-year-old singer Christina Grimmie, known for appearing on NBC's "The Voice," was fatally shot after a performance at a Florida concert venue in Orlando on Friday night. Grimmie was signing autographs after the show when a gunman opened fire in the crowd of about 120 people. Grimmie's brother, Marcus Grimmie, tackled the shooter who then fatally shot himself. Grimmie was rushed to the hospital, but died soon after arriving.

Muhammad Ali died on Friday after a 32-year battle with Parkinson's disease

Legendary professional boxer Muhammad Ali died on Friday after a 32-year battle with Parkinson's disease. Ali was hospitalized in Scottsdale, Arizona on Thursday with a respiratory issue and died the next morning at age 74. Ali was diagnosed with the disease in 1984, three years after he retired from a decades-long career. Ali is survived by his nine children, including world champion boxer Laila Ali.

California fifth state to allow terminally ill option to end own lives

California's End of Life Option Act will make the state the fifth to legally allow terminally ill patients to end their own lives. Starting June 9th, terminally ill citizens of California who have six months or less to live can request a doctor's prescription for medication to end their lives. California's aid-in-dying law is considered the most stringent of the other four states, and getting these prescriptions will be no easy feat.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders visits California

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders held a rally in San Pedro on Friday, May 27th at the Downtown Harbor dock area at Harbor Boulevard. The crowd included mostly union dock worker members of International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 13, and sponsors for the event included the International Longshore and Warehouse Union International and the ILWU Pensioners. Both sponsors have formally endorsed Sanders.

California Senate approves 11 bills further restricting gun use

Five months after the December mass shooting by two terrorists that claimed 14 lives in San Bernardino, the California state Senate approved 11 bills designed to further restrict gun use in the state. The measures include but are not limited to: mandatory background checks for those buying ammunition, banning the manufacture and sale of semiautomatic rifles with detachable magazines, and allowing felony charges in all gun theft cases.